Bryn Terfel



Born: Nov 9, 1965; Wales  
The Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel rose with astonishing speed to the top ranks of international operatic stardom in the 1990s. He is known for a big, warm voice, intelligent and dramatically apt portrayals, a six-foot-three-inch frame and those intangibles that add up to star presence.
He was born Bryn Terfel Jones and was brought up in a small village near Snowdonia, speaking Welsh. Even as a small child he was busy singing; he went to
Read more various eisteddfods (singing competitions) throughout Wales, his supportive mother, Nesta, chauffeuring him around. He used the money he won to buy soccer shoes. The eisteddfods taught him to face the stage calmly. "When I went to college I was streets ahead of others because I was used to facing the public," he says. He was awarded a scholarship when he applied to London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His teachers there were Arthur Reckless and Rudolf Piernay. Since there was already a professional singer named Bryn Jones, he adopted his middle name, for his stage billing.
He won two of the main prizes for Guildhall singers: the Kathleen Ferrier Scholarship in 1988 and the 1989 Gold Medal Award. Also in 1989, he won the Lieder Prize at the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and second prize all-around in that competition. This competition is broadcast Europe-wide, and he immediately began getting requests to sing from the leading conductors. Sir Georg Solti called him "one of the great talents of the last ten years."
Although he got offers for all sorts of repertory, he weighed them with care, with a view to preserving the voice through a long career. Although he was already being offered the role of Wotan in three of Wagner's Ring operas, he started singing such roles as Figaro, and Leporello (lighter and more lyrical roles) and Jokanaan in Strauss' Salome (a heavier, though still lyrical, one, but relatively short). He edged into Wagnerian territory in the lyrical part of Wolfram in Tannhäusser, a part known for the lovely "Song to the Evening Star." In 1992, he won the Gramophone Magazine "Young Singer of the Year" citation and the "Newcomer of the Year" award at the inaugural International Classical Music Awards in 1993.
He has added Dr. Miracle and Captain Balstrode (Britten's Peter Grimes) to his roles, moved over from Leporello to Don Giovanni, sung Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, and has triumphed in Verdi's Falstaff, which he plays with notable humanity and restraint; his Falstaff is a braggart who overrates himself, but not the buffoon some other singers make him. He also sings the evil Scarpia in Tosca.
He is active on the recital and concert stage. Mendelssohn's Elijah is one of his mainstays. Songs of Handel, Vaughan Williams, Schubert, and Richard Rodgers figure in his recitals and recordings.
He remains a passionate fan of football (both soccer and rugby) and enjoys opening major international matches such as the Bledisloe Cup in Australia. When the Rugby World Cup was held in Cardiff, Wales, he opened it with a memorable duet with pop singing star Shirley Bassey of the Rugby theme song, "World In Union."
In 1999, the small Welsh island of Bardsey revived an ancient tradition (which died out in 1927) by inviting Terfel to become their honorary monarch. Even though he has conquered the world of opera -- even overcoming the dismal acoustics of the Sydney Opera House -- he remains centered on Wales, where, whenever he can, he still helps his father with the farming chores. Read less
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  • 76.
    Wagner-Gala / Abbado, Studer, Meier, Jerusalem, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439768 Release Date: 06/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Cheryl Studer,  Bryn Terfel,  Waltraud Meier,  Siegfried Jerusalem
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Coleridge-Taylor: Hiawatha / Alwyn, Field, Davies, Terfel
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430356 Release Date: 04/07/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
    Performer:  Helen Field,  Arthur Davies,  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Kenneth Alwyn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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  • 78.
    40 Most Beautiful Arias - Pavarotti, Callas, Domingo, Terfel, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 447164 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Vincenzo Bellini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Hei-Kyung Hong,  Jennifer Larmore,  Maria Callas,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Maurizio Barbacini,  Marcello Viotti,  Carlo Rizzi  ... 
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  • 79.
    Mack Wilberg: Requiem, Choral Works / Von Stade, Terfel
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 70088 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mack Wilberg
    Performer:  Jennifer Gremillion,  Julie Bevan,  Jeannine Goeckeritz,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Craig Jessop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra at Temple Square,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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  • 80.
    Puccini: Tosca / Chailly, Malfitano, Terfel
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001010309 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Richard Margison,  Bryn Terfel,  Catherine Malfitano
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 81.
    The # 1 Opera Album Vol 2 / Bartoli, Pavarotti, Price, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000950602 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Edita Gruberova,  Jon [Tenor Vocals] Vickers,  Elizabeth Harwood  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Sir Georg Solti,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
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  • 82.
    Elgar: Starlight Express, Wand Of Youth, Etc / Mackerras
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433214 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Alison Hagley
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Verdi: Il Trovatore, Falstaff, Rigoletto
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 980 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  José Cura,  Verónica Villarroel,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Gweneth-Ann Jeffers  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Bernard Haitink,  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Tutto Mozart / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000719402 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  David Watkin,  Christine Rice,  Miah Persson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 85.
    The Wonder Of Christmas / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 70047 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Robert MacGimsey,  Traditional,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Performer:  Audra McDonald,  Renée Fleming,  Frederica Von Stade,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Cronkite,  Craig Jessop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra at Temple Square,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Bells on Temple Square
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  • 86.
    The Mozart Album / Netrebko, Quasthoff, Garanca...
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 1154031 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko,  Bryn Terfel,  Elina Garanca,  Thomas Quasthoff  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sebastian Weigle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 87.
    Essential Choral Classics
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000691802 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  George Frideric Handel,  Gregorio Allegri,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Roy Goodman,  Alastair Hussain,  Bryn Terfel,  Norma Burrowes  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir David Willcocks,  Stephen Cleobury,  Paul Daniel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chamber Choir,  FACE Treble Choir  ... 
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  • 88.
    Metropolitan Opera Gala - James Levine's 25th Anniversary
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000460209 Release Date: 11/22/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Jerry Hadley,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 89.
    A Christmas Nativity
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000538902 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gloria Shayne Baker,  Michael Praetorius,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Lewis H. Redner  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Way,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Malcolm Martineau,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  John Scott,  Richard Westenburg,  Richard Bonynge,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Trapp Family Singers  ... 
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  • 90.
    Simple Gifts / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000477202 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  Stanley Myers,  William Gould Tomer,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  John Williams,  Simon Keenlyside,  Aled Jones
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Voices
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  • 91.
    The Classical Album 2005
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000529102 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Agustín Lara,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Lorin Maazel,  Bryn Terfel,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Nicholas Cleobury,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    Bryn Terfel Yn Canu Caneuon Meirion Williams
    Label: Sain   Catalog: 2013 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Meirion Williams
    Performer:  Annette Bryn Parri,  Bryn Terfel
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  • 93.
    Karl Jenkins: Requiem, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57966 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Jenkins
    Performer:  Gavin Horsley,  Clive Bell,  Catrin Finch,  Nicole Tibbels  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Jenkins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West Kazakhstan Philharmonia Orchestra,  Caerdydd Chorus,  Serendipity
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  • 94.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Terfel, Fleming, Levine, et al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000405109 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Relyea,  Hong Hei-Kyung,  Bryn Terfel,  Paul Groves  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Silent Noon / Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775336 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Michael Head,  Dilys Elwyn-Edwards,  Frederick Keel  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Malcolm Martineau
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  • 96.
    Bear Essentials - Remembrance Classics
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24117 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Eric Coates,  Gordon Langford,  William Paris Chambers,  Henry Walford Davies  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Bott,  Bryn Terfel,  Roderick Elms,  Libby Crabtree  ... 
    Conductor:  Alex Evans,  Roy Newsome,  Richard Hickox,  Matthias Bamert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cranwell Royal Air Force College Band,  Besses o' th' Barn Band,  Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards  ... 
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  • 97.
    The British Music Collection - Finzi: In Terra Pax, Amen, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468807 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Libby Crabtree,  Donald Sweeney,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  David Hill,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 98.
    Ireland: Greater Love Hath No Name, Etc / Hickox, Bott, Etc
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10110 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Ireland
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Paula Bott,  Teresa Shaw,  James Oxley  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 99.
    The #1 Mozart Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000063902 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Willard White,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 100.
    Under The Stars / Renee Fleming, Bryn Terfel
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473250 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lucy Simon,  Stephen Sondheim,  John Kander,  Rupert Holmes  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Bryn Terfel
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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